We are very pleased to announce that Scott Harris has joined Congregation B’nai Israel as our senior cantor.
Scott is a true mensch in every sense of the word: his passion for Jewish music, for the Jewish people, and for this congregation are truly unmatched. Scott believes in the power of sacred relationships and will strive to get to know all of the incredible members of our synagogue and inspire us with his lively music, extensive experience, and deep passion for his work.
Scott began his cantorial career right here at Congregation B’nai Israel when he served as a cantorial assistant for Cantor Emeritus Sheri Blum.
Upon earning his degree from the Academy of Jewish Religion, Scott became the Assistant Cantor at Temple Israel in Westport where he successfully trained hundreds of B’nai Mitzvah students, led Shabbat, High Holy Day, and life cycle services, and, where he proved to be a passionate, spiritual Jewish professional and clergy partner.
Scott served for over a decade on the URJ camp faculty as the head song leader, summer administrator, and Limud—Jewish Values Instructor–for Crane Lake Camp and Six Points Sports Academy. He currently serves as the Senior Cantor at Temple Beth Hillel in South Windsor.
He grew up in Malden, Massachusetts, where he was actively involved in the URJ youth movement, (NFTY-NE) as a beloved song leader, and where he met his wife, Sharon Manasevit Harris, who grew up at B’nai Israel. They lived for many years in Easton and raised their two children, Danny and Sarah, both of whom are Kehilah and Merkaz graduates, at B’nai Israel.
Scott and Sharon are overjoyed to be returning to B’nai Israel, a place they call their “Jewish home.” They look forward to reuniting and connecting with you as we officially welcome them back to our community.